Pennsylvania slashes COVID-19 death toll by 201

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health has slashed the state’s COVID-19 death toll by 201, saying probable deaths it had previously included in the count require more investigation.

The death toll stood at 1,421 on Thursday, down from 1,622 reported a day earlier. The number of deaths confirmed by a positive virus test actually rose overnight by 69.

But Health Secretary Rachel Levine says hundreds of probable deaths need further investigation and have been removed from the official toll.  A probable death is one in which a coroner lists COVID-19 as the cause or contributing cause, but the deceased was not tested for the virus.

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